Stewart wins Arizona Silver Belle

TEMPE, Ariz. (Dec. 30, 2010) -- Alex Stewart of Peoria, Arizona captured her first Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship. The eighteen year old Stewart, a freshman at Purdue University, shot a five over par 221 for the 54 holes at the ASU Karsten Golf Club. Stewart, a member of the victorious 2009 Junior Solheim Cup Team, was three strokes ahead of second place finisher, sixteen year old Mariana Sims of Austin Texas who shot 224. Monica Vaughn of Reedsport, Oregon was third with a nine over par 225.

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ABOUT THE Arizona Silver Belle Championship

Prominent amateur golf tournament for junior girls and women 13 - 23 years of age who compete over 54 holes of stroke play. The field is flighted by age, but the overall champion may come from any age group.

Joanne Winter, one of 14 original Master Professionals in the LPGA's Teaching and Club Professional Division, founded the Arizona Silver Belle 1971. Winter was a noted athlete before beginning her love affair with golf. She pitched with the Racine Belles in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-50 and later served as a consultant for the film, "A League Of Their Own," which chronicled the women's league. After retiring from the diamond, she turned to golf and won the Arizona State Women's Championship in 1962.

Entrants must provide a USGA Handicap Index of 15.0 or lower and supply a resume of tournament scores and other information as required by the golf registration system. The selection process is based upon this information and national ranking.

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